Remembering Lamby

She came into our life at just two weeks old. An orphaned lamb with soulful eyes and boundless energy, given a second chance at life by my daughter Tash. She was quite a little surprise.

Blogging with Lamby

I didn’t realise I was going to become a grandmother. And I sure didn’t count on her being the inspiration for many of my posts. She was my first grand-kid, pardon the pun.

How could I not love her at first sight? Those eyes could melt any heart and she was so little. I bottle fed her and woke early to make sure she didn’t miss her regular milk.

Last week she passed away, suddenly, with no warning. My daughter, in tears, rang to tell us the news.

Many of my long term readers will remember Lamby. The rambunctious baby lamb who wormed her way into our life and into my heart.

She was only supposed to stay a few weeks. Instead she was with us for nearly nine months. Our home became her home and wow, she made her presence felt.

While she was with us she kept the grass meticulously low. She devoured most of my plants and had a particular penchant for pineapple sage. Harry became her best friend and I’m sure Lamby believed she was a dog herself.

She slept under cover, in the woodshed and outside the kitchen door and occasionally wrangled her way inside, much to my daughter’s delight. Outside in my suburban backyard she became my gardening partner. And when I called her, she’d come running.

And then she grew BIG. Too big to stay. We knew it was time for her to go.

For the next two years Lamby lived in the green pastures of the High Country in Victoria.

She’s had a good life. She’s kept company with the dogs, jumped and ran alongside the horses and poked her nose up at the sheep in the next paddock. She’d baaa at anyone who came to the house. Yep, she was no lamb, she was a dog! Or so she thought.

When she left here on the horse float back in 2017, my garden was relieved but, I’ll be honest, she left a bit of a hole and not just in the backyard. A few months later she returned, while they were building a new fence and I wrote No Sheepish Matter.

Little Lamby, aka Lamatron, Lamborghini and Boofhead, wasn’t so little anymore. She’d grown a bit of an attitude and developed her own personality. This cheeky minx liked to test her boundaries. When she left here, for the final time, I wrote: Lessons from a Lamb.

Who would have thought that raising such a little creature would have such a big impact. She may have been only a sheep but she taught me many lessons, not the least was to love fully and live in the moment. Animals have an uncanny ability to teach us. No words are needed.

We may look different but we’re all the same underneath.

Lamby made us all smile. Even as a fully fledged sheep and in her grumpy moments she was pure love and joy. And she won’t be forgotten. RIP sweet little one, may the grass be forever green where you are.

In love and light.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses … and eat the daisies … and the mint and the parsley!
A fully grown Lamby and pal Tilly in their backyard.  Loving life. Relishing the moment.

116 thoughts on “Remembering Lamby

      1. Miriam, I’m so sad to read about Lamby … she certainly became a big part of your (& your family’s) life and by extension made an impact on us all who read your joyful posts. This little lamb providing inspiration and showing us how to live life! The photos are so sweet and in adult life she held herself with dignity and poise! Hugs to all, xx

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  1. Animals touch us in ways that other humans can’t. There’s no politics, no games, no ulterior motives – just love. I’m sorry for your loss, but try to think of the beautiful life that you were able to give this beloved orphan.

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  2. We’re so sorry to hear this Miriam 💔Lamby was very special and through your posts and lovely photographs we were lucky enough to get to know her a little bit too. We’re glad she’s had two loving homes and many happy memories to take with her. Run free sweet Lamby 🌈💜🕊

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    1. Aww Xenia, thanks for your very kind words. Yes, she was a very lucky sheepy to have two good homes, especially where she ended up. You’re right, lots of nice memories. 💚

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  3. Miriam, when I talk to friends about the wonders of blogging I retell heartwarming stories that I have read on different blogs. I can’t tell you how many times Lamby has been talked about. I remember when she first ventured into yur heart.

    May she forever rest in peace.

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  4. What a bittersweet post!

    I am very sorry for your loss, but goodness what a fantastic gain while she was alive! She looks like such a cutie!!

    My friend’s mum brought up a baby lamb when it was orphaned. She grew into a sheep then had to move out to the fields with the other sheep. But she ALWAYS ran over and said hello whenever we visited the fields. She knew she really belonged in the farmhouse kitchen, warming by the aga.

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    1. Hi Josy, what a great story and I can relate totally to your friends mum and her experience. I think once a lamb is hand reared and been around humans they never forget. Somehow we become part of their herd. Or maybe it’s the other way round. Either way it’s pretty special.

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  5. One of the most interesting and relaxed posts I have read in the recent times. Every emotion and gesture was so pure and reminiscent of being a human and apprecaiting the gift called life. Loved your narration and thanks for sharing Miriam 🙂 .

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  6. I remember you writing about Lamby before… she was quite the character! How wonderful for her and your family to have shared such a strong bond. I’m sorry for your loss, and hope that your memories of her will continue to bring you joy for years to come.

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  7. Such sad news Miriam, Lamby has popped into my mind many times over the years I have been following your blog and it is a blow to know that she is no more. I particularly remember when she became a bit bolshy and a new place had to be found for her to spread her wings. She loved and was loved and that is the memory you will hold in your heart.

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  8. very sorry to hear this … I started following you while lamby was there and remember your keenness to reestablish your garden but as you say she gave unconditional love and mischief and brought you much joy as you did her … I’m sure she’s gone to greener pastures 🙂

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  9. Nooooooo! Miriam I am so sorry to hear this. You know I loved Lamby. I’m so sorry for you and Tash. You have chosen your words so well. Some of the photos I can’t remember and there are a couple of really gorgeous ones, so I am going back to check that didn’t miss any of the earlier Lamby posts. Louise XXX

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    1. Aww Louise, I know you loved Lamby. It was such a shock, absolutely no warning, poor little thing. But she had a good life and no doubt she’s gone to greener pastures. Thanks for your kind words. Hope to catch up with you one of these days. xx

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      1. Yes indeed. Is there a day in a normal week when you are more free? I was planning to catch you these holidays but that has not come to be. I thought maybe I could just give you a call and catch you that way. Other wise I will be going for my day off my traditional Mondays day off, for a coffee?

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        1. Monday’s are pretty good for me. Otherwise, as you said, if it’s too hard we can always catch up by phone. Either way would be good.


  10. I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve just come from my Dad’s farm in North Wales, they’re downsizing and selling up, but he still has a few sheep – they’re more like pets, even if he won’t admit it…
    Sad news, but you’ve got happy memories of Lamby!

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    1. Yes, we have lots of happy memories PC, of a fat friendly sheep. She was pretty special and I can understand how your dad still has a few around. Our animals become like family.


  11. Oh no, Miriam, I’m so sorry! What sad news. I’ve loved your Lamby posts, such an adorable animal. Lamby has reminded us of important life lessons, through you. Glad you have all those fond, sweet memories. I know Lamby will be so missed! This post is truly beautiful. Big hugs! xx

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I must admit I loved writing about Lamby and I’d been meaning to do an update. I just didn’t think it would be like this. But yes. She left us with many happy memories. Hugs back xx

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  12. Oh, I’m so sorry, Miriam! I remember Lamby well, as she was one of the cutest little creatures I’d ever seen. I know how hard it was for you to let her go when she became too big to stay with you any longer, but that you did the absolute right thing for her. She was a blessing in your life, and you were a blessing in hers. She will always live in your heart….


  13. What an unusual and beautiful experience! I love her nicknames! It’s like you became a mother to her and she became part of the family! Animals are amazing! You are lucky to have had this experience, as lucky as she was!


  14. So sorry to hear this, Miriam. What a beautiful tribute to her. She was just adorable as a little lamb and beautiful fully grown! So glad you have wonderful memories to comfort you as I’m sure your daughter has too!

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  15. Awww… I remember lamb and reading your posts on her. It must be hard hear the news. We’ve always wanted to keep a pet, but the fear/pain with losing them has deterred me. Take care my friend. Tight bear hugs! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. Yeah, I must admit losing our pets is always the hardest part but somehow the joys outweigh the sadness. They bring so much love into our lives. Big hugs back my friend. xx

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  16. I can well imagine you and your daughters loss, Animals give of their love ‘unconditionally’ and yes as you so rightly have described, they teach us so many lessons along the way.
    Such a delightful addition to the family, and one I know who will remain in your hearts for a long while in the future.
    Loved all the photos memories ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Sue. We were at my daughter’s place just recently and it felt so quiet without Lamby. But I guess that’s the cycle of life isn’t it? And perhaps the key is simply enjoying and appreciating all we have in our life every single day. xx 🙏💙

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